Physical activity is a great heart-healthy stress management tool. It works a couple of different ways to promote overall health, inside and outside the body. First off, exercise
makes your heart strong. So, it doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
Secondly, physiological processes which are promoted by consistent physical activity naturally prevent stress from occurring in the first place, and act as effective stress
Here’s what happens:
When you perceive stress, either real or imagined, the age-old “fight or flight” reaction takes place. This puts your senses into overdrive.
Your state of arousal and awareness skyrockets and so does the amount of energy which is instantly created. Your brain is on high alert, and this state of being can become very stressful.
Exercise is a great way to burn off that excess energy:
When your brain releases chemicals to respond to a stressful situation, exercise actually does the opposite. The hormones and endorphins released when you experience physical activity will make you feel happy and relaxed.
These “feel good” hormones are perfect for fighting anxiety and depression, stress, and mental frustration.
The next time you feel stress building up, try this. Run in place at your workstation. Drop down and fire off 5 or 10 or 20 push-ups. Perform some biceps curls, jog around the block, or enjoy 10 or 15 minutes of Pilates or yoga.
These simple physical activities can overcome stress quickly, and even prevent It from occurring in the first place.